Ice cream is one of those intensely satisfying snacks to indulge in on a hot day (or any day, really). And even if you’re trying to lose weight or stick to a healthier diet, it’s okay to cut yourself some slack. The occasional ice-cold treat won’t hurt, and research shows that total deprivation doesn’t work anyway.
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But to err on the safe side, scan the label to make a better choice: a 91 g to 100 g serving (about a scoop) should not contain more than 250 calories and 15 g of fat, says Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants.
Or, try one of these 10 ice cream brands that will hit the sweet spot without popping your waistline. Some of these are also great if you’re lactose intolerant, are diabetic or simply watching your health. Just be sure to stick to one serving!
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